Wisconsin running back Corey Clement has not played for the Badgers since their Week 1 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Just days before the game, Clement left practice with what he thought was a groin injury.
It turned out to be much worse than just a simple groin injury and, after only carrying the ball ten times against the Tide, he was diagnosed with two sports hernias. He sat out the next few games, but the injury never healed itself.
Clement has got to have surgery and he decided to go all out to get the best treatment. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Clement has traveled to Munich, Germany to have sports hernia surgery from world-renowned doctor Ulrike Muschaweck.
Muschaweck has been doing these surgeries for over two decades and is known for his “minimal repair technique” that allows athletes to return to training just days after surgery. What’s better is that Clement will not have any out-of-pocket expenses for the trip and surgery.
According to senior associate athletic director Justin Doherty, the Badgers will be able to pay whatever costs Clement’s family’s insurance doesn’t cover, according to NCAA bylaws.
Bylaw 16.4 of the NCAA Division I Manual states, “An institution, conference or the NCAA may provide medical and related expenses and services to a student-athlete.”
“That bylaw obviously leaves each individual institution the latitude to handle these types of expenses in a manner that best fits the institution’s means and philosophies,” Doherty said in an email Wednesday.
The Badgers released a statement saying that Clement would likely miss 4-6 weeks. This all but confirms he will miss the entire month of October and possibly the first game in November.
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